San Francisco Tasting + Cooking Classes

We source top talent from around the Bay Area to bring you the most enthusiastic, personable, nerdy, approachable, passionate experts we could find. We not-so-secretly want to be their friends. You will want to be their friends too after taking one of their classes. See our offerings below.

 

Wine 101 Tasting Class

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In this casual, introductory class, you’ll be guided through a tasting of four wines by a local sommelier as you learn about grape varieties, production methods, regional differences, + pairings suggestions. Most importantly, you’ll leave the class knowing what you actually like in wine, making it much easier to order + purchase in the future. At the end of the formal tasting, attendees can revisit wines they particularly enjoy.

See HERE for a detailed look at a recent class.

T A K E AWA Y S

  • How to order wine at restaurants

  • What tasting notes you like

  • What to look for when buying wine

LOCATION OPTIONS: At your office, at your off-site destination, at one of our partner locations


Dumpling 101 Cooking Class

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Guests will learn how to make one to three different styles of dumplings (boiled, potsticker, steamed), featuring inventive, Asian-meets-California fillings and dipping sauces. At the end of the class, guests will get to eat the dumplings they prepared, as well as leave with a recipe in-hand for future use. Check out one of our recent classes/dinner HERE.

TAKEAWAYS

  • How to make the dough, assemble, + steam/boil/bake dumplings

  • Recipe packet for your next dumpling party

DUMPLING DINNER SUPPLEMENT: At the end of the class, guests can relax over a glass of wine (or two!) and gather for a 4-course family-style meal, featuring the dumplings they prepared, along with paired salads, sides and dessert.

LOCATION OPTIONS: Needs access to a kitchen


Chocolate 101, Truffle-Making Class

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In this hands-on truffle-making class, you'll learn how to melt, temper, blend, roll, dip, garnish (and yes, eat!) chocolate truffles, just like a pastry chef. It's the perfect balance of art and science blended together for the ultimate sensory experience. In addition to the technique, you'll learn what makes good-quality chocolate and what to look for when buying in the future. At the end of the class, you'll leave with your very own box of truffles in-hand and a recipe, so you can recreate them at home.

TAKEAWAYS

  • How to temper chocolate

  • How to make truffles

  • Your own set of truffles to take home

  • A recipe card

LOCATION OPTIONS: At your office, at your off-site destination, at one of our partner locations

NOTE: Need access to a power source

Cheese 101 Tasting Class

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In this interactive class, you'll be guided through a tasting of six cheeses paired by a local, professional cheesemonger. Hear how cheese comes to fruition from milk to mold, ask all your burning cheese questions you've always wanted to know, and learn the secrets behind assembling the perfect cheese plate.

T A K E AWA Y S

  • How to assemble a proper cheese plate

  • What to look for when buying cheese

  • How cheese is made

  • Basic cheese pairing

WINE OR BEER PAIRING SUPPLEMENT: Elevate your cheese tasting experience with specifically-paired wines or beers

LOCATION OPTIONS: At your office, at your off-site destination, at one of our partner locations


Cocktail-Making 101

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In this hands-on cocktail class, guests will explore the fundamentals of bartending technique through the lens of time-honored classics. With a grounding in the history and taxonomy established, guests will then be able to explore more complicated flavors and create drinks of their own design at home. 

T A K E AWA Y S

  • learn the history and lore of the best-known drinks, and how they connect to modern classics 

  • establish solid technique and best-practices for making drinks at home

  • a bottle of small-batch cocktail bitters to take with you 

LOCATION OPTIONS: At your office, at your off-site destination, at one of our partner locations


 Cheese and Beer Pairing 101

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In this interactive Cheese and Beer Pairing 101 class, you'll taste their way through 5 cheeses and beers, gaining a basic knowledge of milk types, styles, and processes, as well as similarities between craft beer and artisan cheese. In addition to understanding how various cheeses pair best with beers on the flavor spectrum, you'll learn foolproof pairings to impress anyone and leave with the tools to create your own pairings for your next dinner party. 

T A K E AWA Y S

  • Differences between negative, neutral, and positive pairings

  • Impressive pairings to that enhance both the beer and cheese experience

  • What to look for when buying cheese and beer

LOCATION OPTIONS: At your office, at your off-site destination, at one of our partner locations


Whiskey 101 Tasting Class

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In this high-proof tasting class, you'll learn the key differences between whisk(e)y, bourbon, rye, and scotch, and their production methods. Tasting your way through 5 different spirits, you'll leave the class knowing whether you like it peaty or smoky (or neither), and how to confidently order whiskey at bars or spirits shop using your new whiskey vocabulary.

T A K E AWA Y S

  • Differences between various whiskies

  • What kind of whiskey you like

  • Basic knowledge of whiskey production

  • What to look for when buying whiskey

LOCATION OPTIONS: At your office, at your off-site destination, at one of our partner locations


Pasta 101 Cooking Class

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In this ravioli or pasta-making class, guests will learn the beauty and simplicity of making pasta from scratch from dough to noodle. After rolling, kneading, and making the fresh pastas, guests will dine on their creations, choosing between two different fresh sauces. With hearts and bellies full, guest will leave with recipes in hand, as well as a starter kit for their next pasta creation.

TAKEAWAYS

  • Learn how to make pasta from scratch!

  • Simple sauce crafting

  • Shared pasta meal

  • Take-home recipes and take-home pasta-starter jar

ITALIAN DINNER SUPPLEMENT: At the end of the class, guests can sit down to 3-course, family-style meal that would make any Nonna proud. In addition to tasting their pasta creations, guests will enjoy fresh salads, sides, and dessert, paired with wines.

LOCATION OPTIONS: Need access to a kitchen


Macaron 101 DecoratingClass

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French macarons can be tricky. But if you have an expert carefully guiding you through each step, you can easily re-create these delicious confections in your own kitchen!  In this hands-on class, guests will play with decorations + get creative with buttercream fillings, all while drinking bottomless champagne! You’ll get to decorate + fill your own + take home a prized recipe packet. 

TAKEAWAYS

  • How to bake and decorate your own French macarons at home

  • Your own box of decorated macarons

  • Recipe booklet

LOCATION OPTIONS: At your office, at your off-site destination, at one of our partner locations


Pickling 101 Class

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In this hands-on workshop, you'll master the basics of pickling alongside an expert, learning fantastic flavor combinations, experimenting with recipes without compromising food safety, and bringing pickles "beyond the jar" by using them in different dishes. You will also learn the basic steps for home canning, which you can use to preserve pickles, jams, and other foods for shelf storage. In addition to learning this lifelong skill, you'll leave with your handmade pickle jar, a special spice blend for future use, and a list of recipes and resources for your future pickling endeavors. 

T A K E AWA Y S

  • Step-by-step recipe instructions on vinegar pickling (veggies vary by season)

  • Secrets for making crunchy, tangy pickles every time

  • Step-by-step instructions on home canning

  • Your very own jar of vinegar pickles

LOCATION OPTIONS: At your office, at your off-site destination, at one of our partner locations


Custom Classes

Don't see a class that's exactly what you're looking for? Reach out to us and we can create a custom class just for your group!